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OCC ATTRACTS RECORD CROWD FOR 24TH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR DAY
A record-total 4,500 high school students were on hand Tuesday (March 20) for Orange Coast College’s 24th annual High School Senior Day.

Students came from virtually every high school in Orange County, and from schools from throughout Southern California. There were many Northern California and out-of-state students as well.

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COAST DEDICATES 49,000-SQUARE-FOOT FITNESS COMPLEX
“It took us almost three years from start to finish, but Orange Coast College’s Fitness Complex is finally here.”

With those words, Barbara Bond, OCC athletic director and dean of the Physical Education and Athletics Division, last Thursday (March 15) dedicated the college’s sparkling new 49,000-square-foot Fitness Complex.

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ASOCC CONDUCTS ELECTION TO VOTE ON PROPOSED CONSTITUTION
OCC’s student government officers have written a new ASOCC constitution and have asked the student body to vote on its ratification in a referendum election.

The vote is taking place through today (March 22) at www.occvotes.com.

The current and proposed constitutions are available on the ASOCC website.

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WORKSHOPS ON DEPRESSION SET FOR APRIL 10
A series of lectures and workshops on depression, and how to deal with it, will be offered on Tuesday, April 10, by the Associated Students of Orange Coast College.

Workshops will run throughout the day in OCC’s Student Center Lounge. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Activities will also be staged in the quad.

For information, phone (714) 432-5741.

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SCHOLARSHIP ASSIGNMENT SHEETS DUE APRIL 4
Scholarship Assignment Sheets for Honors Night are due in the Scholarship Office by Wednesday, April 4.

Honors Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

If you have Scholarship Assignment Sheet questions, contact Nancy Timmons at Ext. 25645 or ntimmons@occ.cccd.edu.

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EOPS PROGRAM SCHEDULES DINNER/DANCE
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
Orange Coast College’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Program will host a dinner/dance on campus on Friday, April 20, to raise funds for student scholarships.

EOPS is a state-funded academic counseling program. The mission of EOPS is to provide moral, financial and academic support to economically disadvantaged students.

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VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES OFFERS PROGRAM
ON GREEK CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE, ART AND HUMANITIES
Greek conductor and composer, Eugenia Manolides, and Greek historian and writer, Adonis Georgiadis, will discuss Greek contributions to science, art and the humanities on Thursday, April 5, at OCC.

Manolides and Georgiadis are appearing as part of OCC’s spring Visiting Scholar Program. Theme of the program is “It’s Greek to Me: The Greek Connection in Science, Art and the Humanities.” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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COAST TO HONOR PAST PRESIDENTS APRIL 19
DURING 60TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
The nine permanent presidents of Orange Coast College over the past 60 years will be honored during special ceremonies on Thursday evening, April 19, on campus.

OCC recently kicked off its 60th anniversary celebration. The college was officially established in January of 1947, and the first classes were offered on Sept. 13, 1948. Theme for the celebration, which runs through September of 2008, is “Building a Bright Future Together.” The theme is a reference to the many campus construction projects currently under way.

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ROBERT CLIFTON RECEIVES FAA CAREER AWARD
Retired Orange Coast College professor of aviation technology, Robert B. Clifton, has received a major career award from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Clifton, a resident of Westminster, was presented last Wednesday (March 14) the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Taylor served as the Wright Brothers’ mechanic, and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft.

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HONORS PROGRAM SCHEDULES BROWN BAG LUNCHEON
OCC’s Honors Program will present the third offering in its ongoing “Creating Scholars Brown Bag Lunch Series,” on Wednesday, April 4.

Ken Parker, OCC English instructor, will discuss “Turning the Abstract Into the Concrete: John Coltrane and ‘My Favorite Things.’”

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MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH:
THEME IS "100% FAD FREE"
According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), as far back as 1820 “diets” were being promoted to help people eat “healthier” and lose weight.

In one recent press release, titled “Fad Diet Timeline,” ADA lists these diets over the years. Included are:

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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE THROUGH FRIDAY
FOR ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WRITING SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications are available through Friday (March 23) for three Orange Coast College English Department writing scholarships, valued at more than $1,500.

Students are required to fill out an application; submit an essay of no more than three pages that they submitted earlier this year in an OCC English or literature course; submit a goals statement of no more than 250 words; and submit a paper of 500 to 750 words that responds to a “spark sheet” featuring a variety of possible topics.

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61 MAKE OCC’S ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL FOR FALL 2006
Sixty-one Orange Coast College student-athletes have made the college’s Athletic Honor Roll for the fall semester of 2006.

The list was released this month by OCC’s Athletic Department. In order to qualify for the honor roll, students were required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average during the season of their sport. All had to complete a minimum of 12 academic units during their seasons.

A total of 31.3 percent of OCC’s 195 fall athletes were named to the Athletic Honor Roll.

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LECTURE LOOKS AT SEVEN DECADES OF ROCK MUSIC
A 90-minute lecture that looks at seven decades of rock ‘n’ roll – corresponding to Orange Coast College’s 60 years of existence – will be offered on campus on Wednesday, April 18.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is being offered in conjunction with OCC’s 60th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, being staged through April 20 in the college’s impressive $6-million Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.
 
The lecture will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion’s Main Gallery.

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"HOLLYWOOD UNDER SIEGE" IS SUBJECT
OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE
“1947 – Hollywood Under Siege” is the title of a 90-minute lecture being presented on Tuesday, April 17, at Orange Coast College.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is being offered in conjunction with OCC’s 60th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, being staged through April 20 in the college’s impressive $6-million Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion.

The lecture will run from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Pavilion’s Main Gallery.

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OCC HOSTS UCI REP FIVE TIMES NEXT MONTH
A representative from the UC Irvine Admissions Office will visit Orange Coast College’s Transfer Center five times in April to talk with students about transferring.

Appointments are required.

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OCC TO STAGE VOLUNTEER REFERRAL FAIR APRIL 24
A fair, designed to acquaint students with volunteer opportunities in the community, will be staged on Tuesday, April 24, on Orange Coast College’s campus.

Theme for the day is “Opportunity Knocks.”

The event, sponsored by OCC’s Volunteer Center, is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the campus quad. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

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PROFESSOR SELECTED TO PRESENT PAPER
AT AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
OCC associate professor of political science and history, Dr. Patrick C. Coaty, has been selected to present a paper this summer at the conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

The conference runs Aug. 30-Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton in Chicago.

Coaty’s paper is titled “David’s Sling: Small State Behavior in Great Power Politics.” Coaty will serve on a panel with scholars from the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University

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COMMENCEMENT STUDENT SPEAKER TRYOUTS
TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Orange Coast College students interested in trying out for the graduation speaker assignment at the college’s Commencement 2007 may do so on Wednesday afternoon, April 18.

Students planning to try out must be eligible to receive this spring an associate in arts degree, associate in science degree or a certificate. OCC’s 59th commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pacific Amphitheater, located at the Orange County Fairgrounds, directly across the street from the campus.

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ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 25
AND CORONATION MASS MARCH 31
OCC’s Symphony will offer its sixth concert of the 2006-07 season on Saturday evening, March 31, performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Coronation Mass.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Orange Coast College’s Symphony is under the baton of music professor, Dr. Ricardo Soto.

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"AIR BORN – THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS"
CONCLUDES THIS WEEKEND IN DRAMA LAB
“Air Born – The Story of the Wright Brothers,” an original play by Orange Coast College theatre student, Sean Engard, concludes its two-week run this weekend on campus.

OCC is offering the world premiere production of the play.

Under the direction of theatre professor, Alex Golson, the production runs Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25, in the Drama Lab Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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LANFORD WILSON DRAMA OPENS APRIL 6
Lanford Wilson’s evocative and compassionate 1993 work, “Redwood Curtain,” will be staged this spring by Orange Coast College’s Repertory Theatre Company.

OCC’s Rep, now in its 22nd season of productions, is a student-run, faculty-advised campus theatre company.

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OCC SLATES 44TH STUDENT DANCE CONCERT
Orange Coast College’s Dance Department will host its 44th annual Student Dance Concert on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 27-28.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. in OCC’s Robert B. Moore Theatre.
 
The concert, directed by dance professor, Linda Sohl-Ellison, will offer a variety of dance styles including modern, jazz, tap, ballet, Middle Eastern and flamenco. Sixty advanced dance students will take part in the performances.

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MACINTOSH USERS GROUP MEETS APRIL 6
The Orange Apple Computer Club, a Macintosh user’s group, meets Saturday, April 6, on campus.

Featured speaker, Andrew Shalat, will be discussing “All things Mac.”

The club, which has been gathering at OCC for more than two decades, meets the first Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Chemistry Building. For more information, go to the Orange Apple website, at www.oacc.org.

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COAST 60TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE
(Coast to Coast is pleased to reprint 60th anniversary narratives, written by OCC staffers, that are on display in the 60th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit in the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. This week’s narrative is by Lucy Groetsch, an OCC staffer since 1972.)

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Orange Slices

SHARON DONOFF INFLUENCED COAST LIKE NO OTHER!
When Sharon Donoff stepped onto Orange Coast College’s campus for the first time in 1971, she had absolutely no idea the impact the institution would have upon her life. Neither did she appreciate the influence that she’d bring to bear on the academy.

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On A Personal Note

OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO TOM MUCCIARO, an OCC chemistry instructor whose wife, Mai, went into premature labor last week with their twin daughters. The girls, Gabriella and Firenze, were only 24 weeks along. The girls died several days following the delivery.

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Staff Development

Staff Development Newsletter - Week of March 19, 2007

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Book Talk

“Fledgling”
By Octavia Butler
PS3552 .U827 F47 2005

“Comma Sense”
By Richard Lederer
PE 1450 .L375 2005

“Expletive Deleted: A Good Look”
By Ruth Wajnryb
PE3724.03 W35 2005
 
 

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Library Instruction and Information Literacy

When your students search the library’s online catalog or online databases (or even the web), do they know how to do a precise search in order to get what they want from library and information resources? As I’ve said in the previous newsletters, our students are savvy with technology, but not so savvy with search strategies when using those technologies.

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Library Media/Computer Lab

Guns, Germs, and Steel
National Geographic Television and Film, 2005
DVD, 165 Minutes
Location: Media REF HM 206.G86 2005
 
 

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Hilgendorf's Healthful Hints

To get less mercury from canned tuna, choose chunk light tuna instead of albacore (solid white) – this is especially important for pregnant women.

A recent study of canned tuna found that albacore has, on average, about four times more mercury than chunk light, and that one-third of cans of albacore exceed the maximum mercury levels set for women of childbearing age.

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Did You Know

Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind man to reach the peak of Mt. Everest. On May 25, 2001, Erik reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world. One year later he joined an elite group of mountaineers when he climbed Mt. Kosciusko in Australia and became one of a hundred people who have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Erik lost his vision at the age of 13 but he never let his blindness interfere with his passions including mountain climbing, paragliding and skiing.

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